West Ridge of Saddle Peak

Malibu, California

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One of the most scenic sections of the Backbone Trail cuts across the northwest flank of Saddle Peak, accomplishing in 3.5 indirect miles what a bird in flight could traverse in about 1.5 miles. Along its winding, scenic course, the trail passes massive sandstone boulders, slices through tangled thickets of chaparral, penetrates secret copses of live oak and bay laurel, and dips to cross a clear-flowing brook in what is appropriately called Dark Canyon.
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

One of the most scenic sections of the Backbone Trail cuts across the northwest flank of Saddle Peak, accomplishing in 3.5 indirect miles what a bird in flight could traverse in about 1.5 miles.

Along its winding, scenic course, the trail passes massive sandstone boulders, slices through tangled thickets of chaparral, penetrates secret copses of live oak and bay laurel, and dips to cross a clear-flowing brook in what is appropriately called Dark Canyon.

© 2010 Jerry Schad /Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Malibu
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: NPS
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Malibu Beach
Driving Directions: Directions to West Ridge of Saddle Peak

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